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Freight-car deliveries will dip slightly to 64,000 units in 2006, Rail Theory Forecasts says


This year, rail-car deliveries will total 64,000 units, slightly less than 2005 deliveries, according to Rail Theory Forecasts L.L.C.

“The continuous slowdown in train speeds during the last two years introduced an artificial demand for more freight cars than would have otherwise been ordered as increased car cycle times required more cars to handle existing traffic,” said Rail Theory Forecasts President and Progressive Railroading columnist Toby Kolstad in a prepared statement. “When train speeds stabilize, the artificial demand will cease.”

A market analysis and forecasting firm, Rail Theory Forecasts publishes the “North American Freight Car Market,” a survey of rail-car traffic and construction, and analysis of economic factors affecting the rail industry.